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Grateful Dead Live at The Eureka Municipal Auditorium on 1968-01-20


Topics Live concert


Jam > Clementine > New Potato Caboose > Born Cross Eyed > Spanish Jam > Caution Jam > Dark Star


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Eureka Municipal Auditorium
Location Eureka, CA

Source Soundboard
Taped by
Transferred by Julian (Jools) Elliott

Notes

Comments from www.deadlists.com:
Dark Star cuts off sooner on some tapes in circulation. ****Need to verify if beginning of Clementine is clipped or not and the length of Dark Star - my DAT tape has it cut off early on, but a cassette I have goes on for a minute or two longer and then it cuts off too. Need to check if it is Feedback as I have it labeled or Space as per Gordon. DeadBase lists a Jam > before Clementine, but in the back they say Jam#, #Clementine and that the tape cuts in on an announcer saying "...crank it up, lay it down, Grateful Dead". Glenn Gillis says he has the jam and its more like 45 mins (I think the Jam was not on the GDH and tapes that trace back to it)****

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Reviews

Reviewer: Rainwaters - - January 20, 2014
Subject: Amazing
Cross eyed from time to time forever!
Reviewer: njpg - - January 21, 2013
Subject: Would be great,
if you could organize it on your player, but the track info won't stream.
Reviewer: Satori70 - - January 20, 2013
Subject: 45 years ago: "I'll meet you some mornin', in the sweet by and by."
This to me, is an absolutely blistering, peel your face off your mind psychedelia trip around the galaxy. This show is so hot, it should seriously be illegal ! Like a top-shelf cognag, or champagne only opened for special occasions. I would put this on say, if I wanted to see telephone poles shoot stars backwards, or a kaliedoscope of roman candles against the night sky. Or of course if someone just simply wanted an idea of this sort of thing.
We jump right in the pudding on this one, no slow opening, straight into that Clementine! Miles Davis? Coltrane? No, this is a full frontal lobe assault to the cosmic senses, a wynde and unraveling of the many facets and layers of sequences and synapses not unlike any other, yet totally unique in their complete and utter cohesion. The movement, that swing. Perfection !
Then, pure Potato beauty!!!! "Last leaf fallen, bare earth where green was born" :) Wow like church this Sunday morn ! Bobby even tells us about Madonna, and the voices of the storm. Slowly, they gently puncture a membrane that defies holding back that which can't be seen. In visions the sun oozes up, and through broken windows, we're now 'out of the bottle' ! Fluid, they are somewhere beyond the rings of Saturn at the start of BCE, when someone double-checking the reserve fuel in the tank lets out that scream. Then that by and bye . . . . .and how they slingshot into a Spanish Jam that may be to me personally, the finest moments I've ever heard the Dead put down on record anywhere. At times it's like peeling away the paint from the walls !
I see other reviews below feel it as well, that 'orange skies and cotton candy' organ, someone else even writing "essential" ! I mean the whole band is so tight, marching with such purpose ! A determined moment in time, clawing their way deeper into the greater conciousness through a way too short pause of Caution. Then a jaw-dropping snap back against, injustice? War? Fierce !!!!! Seriously, turn that up and get down !! Passing an o too short astral belt on the keys nearing re-entry, we are trying to be pulled back past the stars early ! With one last wind-swept glance out the window, we finally fade out with a way too short but early Dark Star.
Raw, with so much to say and do, yet still filled with wonder. In early '68 the possibilities were still endless. There was a digesting of everything that had happened the summer before, yet prior to MLK & RFK and furthermore, 1969 Manson, Altamont and beyond.

My absolute, all-time favorite 33:30 of Dead ! 5***** 10,000 Thank you's !!

I prefer this mix/version. Everyone is so up front in the sound ! A++ Thanx Julian 'JJ' Jools !!

"Think I'll come back here again, every now and then from time to time".
Reviewer: micah6vs8 - - December 22, 2012
Subject: Essential
For your life.
Reviewer: Minus12Minus12 - - November 28, 2011
Subject: WOW
Not much to say, really. Listen up! I live 25 minutes away from this joint and am waiting for something like this to hit town. Hint. What a recording. Thanx 4 putting it here.
Reviewer: wisconsindead - - July 19, 2011
Subject: Cool Stuff
Never heard Clementine before. Very cool stuff. Really wasnt expecting to hear such a sound from early 68.

The rest of the show is well played and the sound quality is quite nice.

Love the intro to dark star with phil and jer. Take a listen, never heard the intro played like that and kinda wish they would've fooled around like that more. Could be jerry foolin around, could've been wrong timing on jer's part. Either way, its little stuff like this that i love.
Reviewer: smokingcratersofthemind - - July 2, 2011
Subject: THE MUSIC
The music moves in some swift beauteous torrent that the Grateful Dead had moved through in '68. And the music crashes and storms louder than the silence of eternity, absolutely beautiful
Reviewer: Deadheadable - - January 20, 2011
Subject: Clemetine
Why they only played this a few times I can not understand. Reminds me of Keystone Nights....Can Further pull it off...Haaaa I think not!
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - April 1, 2010
Subject: SOLID
The most enjoyable part of this show for me is the Clementine>Potato combo, especially Clementine with great, jazzy, energetic leads from Garcia. "Swinging" is certainly an apt description. Simply gorgeous.

The Spanish jam i don't find nearly as good as 2/14/68, but it's still a smoldering version. Caution is just way too short, and the Dark Star goes nowhere.

But don't pass this one up, folks...not big on long jams but still oh so sweet...
Reviewer: rollandfin - - June 30, 2009
Subject: cool stuff
good stuff,
I think the best clementine worth checking out is the 1/26/69 last version Avalon. Tom ads a very cool layer and the willingness to slow down permits deeper thought and better playing/mingling between jerry phil and bob, the pause and feedback portion after the first verse allows for a great transition up, almost unexpected. Spanish jam is cool too, but there are better span-jams in jan-february of 1970. Sure do love jerry's vocals in 68-69 he is in complete control. None the less these exploring jams are great.
Reviewer: Dagwood420 - - February 28, 2009
Subject: Humboldt nation
thank you soooo much for this recording. Humboldt is a destination for a lot of deadhead fanatics. This recording has been such a great reminder that Humboldt has and always will be a refuge for like minded individuals that need a haven. Loving you--always. Sunshine daydream, walk you in the tall trees, of Humboldt.

DAGWOOD
Reviewer: redwinter - - January 30, 2009
Subject: Magic
I remember when I first listened to this show. I woke up the next day with a totally new perspective on things. Everything seemed brighter. I guess this show has been partially commercially released with the pre-Dark Star riff being played at the end of Grayfolded.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - January 4, 2009
Subject: Rarities, first Clementine, first Spanish Jam, and a FABULOUS show
This is a must-listen for fans of pre-1970 Dead. A fabulous gig played while they were still recording Anthem of the Sun. Every song is a highlight, and every member of the band contributes enormously to an audio feast with transitions as smooth as any in their history. Pigpen on keyboards is at his best. The audio is good, and you can hear every instrument.

This is the first Clementine. A real rarity, Deadbase records only 5 performances of the jazzy Clementine, which has the feel of John Coltrane’s My Favorite Things. Sung by Jerry, Phil Lesh wrote it with Robert Hunter. Lesh has said that Coltrane was one of his main influences. "The Coltrane Quartet and the long jams they would do in one chord was a defining factor for us..." (from Phil Lesh: Operating Principles, JamBase.com).
http://www.jambase.com/Articles/4909/PHIL-LESH-OPERATING-PRINCIPLES

In a seemingly effortless transition, the jam changes time from 3/4 to 4/4 and slips into New Potato, a core part of Anthem but a rarity, performed only 26 times. Pigpen is in top form on keyboards here. Jerry’ delivers a spacious New Potato sound that is more deliberate than a lot of the 1967 performances.

This is only the second Born Cross Eyed, the first being 3 days earlier. It’s also a rarity, with only 14 performances. And it didn’t always follow New Potato, as it does on Anthem. The pair works well.

And, this is the first Spanish Jam, which arises out of a psychedelic transition from Born Cross-Eyed. This Spanish Jam>Caution is featured at the end the first disc of Grayfolded (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayfolded , which every Dark Star fan should own). It is difficult to find a better Spanish Jam.

Spanish Jam transitions into a short Caution (under 2 minutes worth), going into a repeated pre-Dark Star riff. The first disc of Grayfolded ends with this pre-DS riff.

There are four versions of this set here at Archive. The one with the longest fragment of Dark Star is at this link (though the audio quality is somewhat inferior to the others):
http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-01-20.sbd.jools.19470.sbe-fixed.shnf

For a version with better audio quality, try this:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-01-20.sbd.clugston.5181.sbeok.shnf
Reviewer: JerryInaPouch - - May 21, 2008
Subject: I love this show!
I can't get enough of this show- given the ultra-rare Clementine (played live a measly six times!) - I don't give out 5 star ratings much, but I felt COMPELLED to let you all know about this one- GET IT!!

Five stars for Clementine alone
sound: 4.9
Reviewer: bowen - - February 27, 2008
Subject: Eureka!
Wow! Listening to this tasty nugget just makes me want to dose the whole world! Ya know what I mean?
Reviewer: Couganata - - November 6, 2007
Subject: Review 2
Wow, to hear the dead in their infancy... and to see how the jam changed through the years. To quote another reviewer, great to hear a younger darker side of the dead in that Spanish Jam. Worth a listen for sure.
Reviewer: Deadhead #1275031 - - September 24, 2007
Subject: I need a ......
Someone please send me a copy of this show to areilly@ucsc.edu. Thanks. We are everywhere.
Reviewer: leshlush - - August 31, 2007
Subject: TC didn't join the boys until Nov 68...
In response to the last comment:

Although TC was around for the recording of "Anthem", he didn't join the boys until Nov 68...

On an aside, this has been a favorite tape of mine for years... I've never tracked down a CD copy but the tape still sees regular rotation... I love this show from begining to end...
Reviewer: lemon lime partridge - - July 13, 2007
Subject: that's it for me, other one...
i don't think i'll ever make it back from this show...what an incredible elevator ride to the new forever! clementine. and oh! to hear born cross eyed...and how about this recording? it's so fuzzy in a most beautiful way...like some love-colored cosmic peach. saw someone was displeased with the vocals, but to me they sound gorgeous...really warm and a bit distorted which is orange skies, carnivals and cotton candy as far as i'm concerned. and on this last topic i'm certainly not the most informed, and i don't mean to be disrespectful - but that organ has to be TC, right? i've never heard pig play like that. like THAT! did i mention i'm only on spanish jam? this can only get better from here...
Reviewer: kellersci - - July 1, 2007
Subject: NEED A COPY OR DOWNLOAD!
This is amazing! does anyone have this downloaded? id love for a copy of this. if anyone would be kind enough to send me a copy my email address is kellersci@comcast.net. thanks jam on!
Reviewer: cmclancy3 - - April 3, 2007
Subject: very, very nice
showing why the dead bring the hotfire, especially in the early days, better quality than the tahoe show that is put out on one of the dick's picks. too bad i count download to the computer, unless anyone can??? i dont think the dead's clementine parallels the folk song very much, just a little bit but not too much.

peace and love
Reviewer: AlephDeadHead - - December 13, 2006
Subject: Love the Early Dead, FREE DOWNLOADS FOR THE YOUNGANS!
Awesome. The true natural openness and experimentation is the best part- something the dead disappointedly lost later on going with MIDI and losing their country swing feel. Its great to hear any musicians really be into and loving their playing. I love the jazzy bluesy swing feel to the show particularly Clementine. Reminds me somewhat of Garcia with Legion of Mary. To bad it was lost later on.
This show definetly is worthy of my first review. I've only recently stumbled onto this site and its great. ive never heard too much of the Dead before 69 and the site gives me a great oppurtunity to experience the dead throughout the years. Before I mostly listened to 69-78 but now I know the music better before and after- something i probalby would not have done with later years (cds are expensive and im 18). but people my age is jsut another great reason why there should be free downloads. With so much other music, today and before, buying remastered cds of shows of the same band(although different each time)without the experience of being at a show is nonsense. Ive already helped them out way too much.
Reviewer: T C-Gull - - December 13, 2006
Subject: Wish I Was Around In Those Days...
I love the sound of the early days. I am only up to New Potato Caboose and I love this show!

This stuff just nourishes the soul.
Reviewer: ak2o Dead Ahead - - December 6, 2006
Subject: oh yeah
Man this dead is what I live for, this simple funky jam and beautiful chaoz.
Reviewer: blue sun - - November 23, 2006
Subject: Day late & Dollar short
I used to live in Humboldt County, may again sometime. Anyway, while I was there I saw many shows at the Eureka Muni. In fact, the day I moved into town I met a nice group of people and went to see a Ziggy Marley show there, but that's another story. At one of the shows, L.O.S. perhaps, a buddy mentioned that the Dead had been there back in the day. I thought to myself: "there's one I'd like to get." I just knew the recording had to be lost to time if it had ever existed. BIG smile when I saw this one here; and it sounds great. I'd like to hear the whole Dark Star. Yes the title of my review says it all: Day late and a dollar short. I just found this site about a month ago, missing the download era. I discovered the band late- "Darkie", I'd never heard their music before going to Irvine 87' Friday alone on a whim. Never looked back 100+.
Thanks for uploading this, to I.A. for having this site, to "the boys" for shows & so much more. And thanks to all of you for being the best people I ever met. Wow, Eureka Muni. and 1000's more;-)
Reviewer: direwolf600 - - October 26, 2006
Subject: Holy Freakin Crap
This is Great! Wow, the whole segment is sooooo good. Oooo, I'm so glad I just listened to this...incidentally, the New Potato> Born Cross Eyed has a delicious transition. So tight. And the sound quality here is as good as it gets for early 68. This is simply put, necessary listening for any fan.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - - May 5, 2006
Subject: Amazing!
This Spanish Jam is astonishing!
Clementine is so cool, I'd not heard Pig play this well before. I cant wait to check out the rest of this tour.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - March 23, 2006
Subject: Poifect
A must hear.
Reviewer: yippierb - - March 17, 2006
Subject: All you need....
Yes everything said is true. 2nd listen in 6months. what a pity its gone from circulation. We were just witnessing the rebirth of the fire. This is so fine. Listen to Jerry's little bassy leads at the beginnining of the truncated Caution. Absolutly stunning especially after the squeal he let out on that Gibson a minute earlier at the end of Alhambra. Clementine is just sweet. The Drumming throughout the set is some of the finest by Micky and Billy in this era. TC (Dr F. How much of this organ is Pig? and I'm a Pig fanatic. If that is the late great Mr. McKernan on the B3 then nuff said....) is at his best and I'm not always a fan. I feel much of TC's playing,especially his fills,were dated and corny in a way the rest of the band was only sporadicaly. I much prefer Pig. Less learned more soul. Boy O! So much energy packed into such a short set..this is seminal stuff.
Reviewer: MushroomEagle - - January 13, 2006
Subject: :(
Greatest Clementine ever....a shame this is getting taken down for whatever reason. These are the shows we all need and we can't acquire them.
Sad
Reviewer: SNIPER777 - - December 22, 2005
Subject: Hi-End 1968'
5 STARS: *****
Although only a short taste, A Top Shelf Performance of a "Dream Songlist"
A CRISP SOUND:BOARD RECORDING & AN
A+ CLEMENTINE--->
NEW POTATO CABOOSE -->
& BORN CROSS~EYED -->
AS WELL AS AN INSPIRED,
MALAGUENA OR; /SPANISH JAM --->
(Whatever ,Todays Heads Are Calling It)
CAUTION: JAM --->
DARK STAR
Thank You For The Available Dowload, To All Invloved....
GET IT NOW, BEFORE IT GETS TAKEN DOWN AGAIN!!!!
Reviewer: hyperboy - - September 28, 2005
Subject: So COOL!
This show is so cool! Why did Caboose get tossed so early? I understand why they tossed BCE...probably b/c it was so damn hard to pull off. But Caboose...I wish it would have survived forever.

4 for sound, 5 for show...rounds up to a 5.
Reviewer: williscat2000 - - September 13, 2005
Subject: clementine
great song, mezerizing version here. definitely a stand out show.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - - August 22, 2005
Subject: top 10!
Another well traded 1968 that I had for years, but my copy was missing the short Dark Star at the end, so it's nice to have a more complete version. Why is this show so popular? For me, it's the inclusion of Born Cross Eyed, Caboose and Spanish Jam - songs which all appear on Anthem of the Sun, but strangely were dropped early in the year, and appear on too few bootlegs. In many ways, these 3 songs really capture the essence of the Haight Ashbury 68 Dead sound. Even more so than The Other One or Dark Star, which my ears connect more with 1969.
The sound quality, except for the usual analog hiss, is amazing for a show this old. Probably only a minute or so is missing from Clementine. And what a great version! Very nicely jammed, and also a song unfortunately dropped too soon. This semi-jazz style points the way to later Bird Songs and Playins in 1972 and 73.
A long and energetic version of Cross Eyed follows, then they tear the roof off with a no holes barred sequence of Caboose into Spanish Jam that may be the best I've heard for 1968. Will just absolutely melt your face. Both Phil and Pig's organ are well mixed and add to the incredible sound montage. You can almost SEE Jerry's tubes just glowing like fire as he burns his way through Spanish Jam. What a sound!
I think even after other 1968 shows become available, this one will always have to be regarded as one of the year's best. Oh, if it were only longer!!
Highly recommended,
Dr, Flashback :-)
Reviewer: Motown Fellini - - August 17, 2005
Subject: Fantastic
This is a FANTASTIC show! "Welcome to 1968", haha. It is TRAGICALLY fantastic in it's incompleteness, but that makes what's available that much more precious. They were definitely "on" this night....and in fact, (I've been listening to each show in order...i'm up to this show as of today!) there is this sudden sense of "deepening", like the Dead sound EVEN MORE like THE Grateful Dead on this tape. The way the band slams into Born Cross Eyed....whew! Relentless! Clementine: heartbreakingly gorgeous! Thank you to the Archive, and the Archivist, the uploaders, everyone concerned!
Reviewer: Jose Gaspar - - March 5, 2005
Subject: Collector's Item
This collection qualifies as a true collector's item, not just for its ephemeral material, but also for its quality. For example, the purity of tone of Garcia's solo work in Spanish Jam is astounding to anyone who has ever tried the instrument. The recording quality is quite good for the vintage. The only downside are the vocals, which are minimal.
Reviewer: gemsing777 - - January 16, 2005
Subject: These Gems Dumped From Repertoire Far Too Soon.
Clementine here is way better than the 2/2/68 on the So Many Roads 5cd box set...The psychedelic Potato Caboose>Born Cross Eyed is vintage and what I'm listening to this show for. Why did they stop doing these songs?
Reviewer: Jim F - - December 29, 2004
Subject: Clementine fans.
All Clementine fans must get this show. The Spanish Jam is wonderful, maybe the best of the era, and the short Caution jam trucks along powerfully before fizzling out way too early. I always felt this coulda been a great Caution if they just woulda kept going.

Listen to the Other One from 4/26/72 (hundred year hall). Phil plays one of his parts of Clementine during the long Other One jam. I think it is about 15 or 20 minutes in. I think this is on other europe 72 performances also.
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - - November 8, 2004
Subject: Another great great little snippet
There is some serious energy here and I agree Clementine was put to rest too early.
Reviewer: peacefrog33 - - October 12, 2004
Subject: awesome show
Great set of music. Spanish Jam here is not to be missed. Definetly worth a listen.
Reviewer: JohnOO - - August 19, 2004
Subject: Great energy!
For the age of the tapes, this sounds really clear! The cut in Dark Star is a huge pity as I would love to hear the end of the show, it feels like they were building up to something judging from the explosive end to a very short Caution. Well worth a peak!
Reviewer: Susep - - June 23, 2004
Subject: NW Tour
This Clementine is arguably the best the Dead ever played sans the 26Jan.1969 version. Even though the tune didn't stay in circulation for too long, its jazzy feel and swing make it a classic. Essential for any 'head.
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